Meaning of “simply” in the English Dictionary

"simply" in English

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uk /ˈsɪm.pli/ us /ˈsɪm.pli/

simply adverb (IMPORTANT)

B2 completely or as much as possible:

You look simply (= really) beautiful in that dress.
The hunger in parts of Africa is terrible - there's (quite) simply (= without doubt) no other word for it.

B2 only:

I don't like my job - I simply do it for the money.

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(Definition of “simply” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈsɪm·pli/

simply adverb (JUST)

[ not gradable ] just; only:

I simply don’t trust him.
We simply go to camp, set it up, and spend the weekend.
They voted not simply for him and his party, but against Boris Yeltsin.

[ not gradable ] Simply is sometimes used for emphasis:

That simply isn’t so!

simply adverb (IN AN EASY WAY)

in a way that is easy to understand or do:

To put it simply, we won’t pay until we’ve received the goods we ordered.

simply adverb (IN A DIRECT WAY)

[ not gradable ] in a direct way, without using a lot of words:

Bowman said simply that "everything was OK."

simply adverb (IN A PLAIN WAY)

in a plain way, without unnecessary things or decorations:

He lived in a simply furnished apartment.
She lived simply, alone with her cat and her books.

(Definition of “simply” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)